Dental crowns are one of the most time-tested solutions for teeth that are damaged, weak or unsightly. The concept behind a crown is simple with remarkable benefits towards the function and beauty of your smile. A crown is considered a “dental cap” that is place over the affected tooth, covering it on all visible sides. While crowns come in various materials, the most modern and preferable crowns are made of porcelain. Porcelain not only offers tremendous strength and durability, but it also gives a natural-looking translucency that mimics your surrounding teeth. If you’ve been told you need a porcelain crown, you can expect the following return on your investment:
Enhanced Smile Appearance
One of the compelling reasons to consider porcelain crowns is the aesthetic benefit, especially if you have a tooth that is misshapen, stained or badly chipped. Porcelain crowns have the ability to be customized to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding teeth. They can be fabricated to a specific shade, size and shape!
Protects Neighboring Teeth
Compared to other options, porcelain crowns cause minimal abrasion to nearby teeth. This helps the treated tooth regain integrity and strength while protecting the health and condition of the adjacent teeth and your overall smile.
Avoid Unsightly Stains
Porcelain crowns make it easy to retain a beautiful appearance. Porcelain is a stain-resistant material, so you will be relieved to know that eating and drinking certain things won’t discolor your crown like it would your natural teeth.
Easy Procedure, Big Results
Getting a crown is simple and painless. In general, it takes two office visits to complete the process. Once we get the precise measurements for the size, shape and shade of your crown, we will use the following visit to place your permanent crown. There will often be some slight reshaping and filing of your existing tooth, but the procedure is not considered painful or invasive.
Built to Last
A major bonus of choosing a porcelain crown is the durability and long-term usage you’ll get out of your investment. In fact, many porcelain crowns last up to 15 years or more with proper care. You’ll need to keep in mind, however, that habits like ice chomping, nail biting and teeth grinding will shorten the lifespan of your crown.
No Extra Maintenance
You can care for your porcelain crown just like your natural teeth. It does need proper brushing, flossing and routine dental cleanings, but there are no additional maintenance steps to hassle with. A crown is meant to function exactly like your tooth, only stronger! It is one of the most stress-free solutions in restorative dentistry.
Replaces Missing Teeth
While a crown is most often used for covering an existing tooth, there are many cases in which a crown can be used to stand in the place of a tooth that has gone missing. For example, if you lose one permanent tooth and get a dental implant, a crown will serve as the implant restoration (or your prosthetic tooth). Crowns are also used to support a dental bridge on either side to ensure the adjacent teeth are strong enough to hold the bridge in securely in place.
Avoid Further Problems
While the performance and aesthetic benefits of a porcelain crown are certainly a highlight of porcelain crowns, there is also a valued protective element. This type of crown works to not only strengthen and improve a compromised tooth, but it also helps protect it from future complications. This offers added peace of mind while protecting your wallet from costly repairs too!
Are you considering a porcelain crown? Still have more questions? We are here to help at Group Health Dental. Call our New York office today to schedule your porcelain crown consult. We proudly offer excellence in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry for patients of all ages. Whether you are getting a crown after a root canal has been performed, to improve the appearance of an unsightly tooth or to replace a missing tooth, we are confident we can create outstanding results that maximize your investment.